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Preview: Barbe Saint John - New Treasures from Forgotten Artifacts

Barbe Saint John - New Treasures from Forgotten Artifacts

I am a mixed media artist, who envisions herself as a modern day alchemist/archeologist. I love taking items that are broken, rusty, vintage, lost, forgotten, sparkly, torn, and tarnished things and transform them into new creations.

Updated: 2018-01-15T08:38:39.539-08:00


Learn Tarot the fun way with Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova


I am doing book reviews again!! We will start off with "Kitchen Table Tarot" by Melissa Cynova. I have been reading cards off an on since I was 16. I have gone through numerous books about learning tarot in the past, and frankly it can be overwhelming. I wish that "Kitchen Table Tarot" had been available in the 80s, it would have saved me so much stress! In Kitchen Table Tarot, you feel (image)

Does anyone even read blogs anymore???


I wonder, do people still read blogs? I never seem to anymore, Facebook and Instagram makes it easier to catch up with everyone. But if anyone IS reading this, here are some pretty jewelry pieces for you to look at. All are in the Spectral Jewelry shop (image)

I'm official - Certified Spiritual Advisor


In April I started a two month long Advanced Mediumship class through LWISSD with Lisa Williams.  We had a three day intensive in June to learn more and be tested. It was held in Lily Dale, NY one of my favorite places to visit. I won't lie - Even though I've been reading for 3 years, it was a tough three days. I wanted to walk out a few times, but I pushed through all the Empathy overload(image)

Want To Do Something A Little Different for Mother's Day?


Bring your Mom to our Spring Fling Psychic Lunch!!!! May 7th at Stancatos Restaurant in Parma, You'll get lunch, soft drinks and dessert while myself, Melinda and Iris bring you messages from your deceased loved ones, spirit guides, answer your questions about love/finances/career or family and see what your pet wants you to know!!!! Contact Melinda at 440-888-0421 to purchase your ticket(image)

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Ouija Board


photo copyright 2015Talking Board Society Inc.  OuijaCon is happening this weekend in beautiful Baltimore. Sadly, I won't be attending but my Ouija and Planchette necklaces will be there! Rosemary Ellen Guiley will be wearing her necklace and Nora Custer Designs will have a small selection for sale as well. If you want to get one there, stop by and see Nora first thing!!! What is OuijaCon(image)

Artsy Clothes Patterns for Artsy Ladies


New Vogue Sewing Patterns were released a few days ago. While some people are really HATING on them, I find myself loving the avant garde influences. So much so I'm putting ALL of these on my pattern wish list!  First up is this super elegant top/skirt pattern Vogue 1451 by Donna Karan This is a real statement outfit, perfect for a gallery opening. I am so in love with the uneven mermaid (image)

More Festive Holiday Crafts-Pink Printable Tree by Claudine Hellmuth


photo ©2013 Claudine Hellmuth While doing a little blog reading, I saw this adorable FREE printable tree from my friend Claudine.  I love it and it goes perfectly with my holiday color scheme this year. They are so adorable!  Print and use as is or add a bit of glitter/glue on some sequins if you want a bit more sparkle.   I'm going to make a few and decorate the mantel with them and maybe (image)

Tis the Season To Start Decorating!


 The Saint John 2103 holiday tree done up in pinks and light aqua. I know it's a bit early to put up the tree, but I wanted to have a longer holiday season this year.  We usually put it up a couple weeks prior to Christmas but we could use a little extra CHEER this year. I got a white tree a couple of years ago and love it!!! I use to have a vintage aluminum one but my old cats use to eat(image)

Hauntingly Wonderful Halloween Goodies!


It's hard to believe Halloween is just two weeks away!!  I still haven't made or sent out any cards-YIKES! I have been busy working on some Halloween jewelry and a collage sheet. I meant to do more collage sheets, but time has flown by! I created a "Halloween Hotties" digital collage sheet, only $1.75!  Buy one here and get busy crafting those Halloween party invites, ATC trades, (image)

New Vintage Ephemera Collage Sheets for Instant Download!


Vintage Seed Catalog Collage Sheet  I've listed four new collage sheets in the Saints and Sinners shop!! There are four different pages from a vintage french seed catalog. The above image is for sheet #4 and is my favorite! It has morning glories and poppies on it, but each sheet is beautiful!   Each collage sheet will print out on a normal 8 1/2 by 11 size paper.  They make great cards,(image)

Muerto's Time!


image copyright 2013 Lisa Vollrath Now that its September, I can start thinking about Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!! jewelry by Barbe Saint John The above photo is a teaser of a piece I have in the new  Bad Influence October 2013: Day of the Dead Zine. This issue is chock full of Muertos goodness! In this issue: Day of the Dead artwork by SL Scheibe, Carolyn Brady, Peace (image)

Need Vintage Mixed Media Supplies? I got some!


I have so many pretty vintage items that are yearning to be remade into something fabulous! Pictured above is a lot of vintage 20s-60s beaded flowers. These make great jewelry or add to wreaths, assemblages, doll house gardens, accent photo frame, etc..  You can buy them HERE And look at all this yumminess!!! Almost 3 pounds of vintage beads! Some are high quality lucite, some are glass(image)

Lots of Lacey Filigree!


I'm listing some pretty raw brass filigree in the Saints and Sinners Etsy Shop!  I have this lot of tiny ones, which are great for earrings, bead embroidery or doll jewelry Also listed is this lot of medium sized ones. I've also listed lots of new things in the shop, so please have a look! (image)

Fabulous Friends Friday-Steve Scott


Today's Fabulous Friends post is all about my good friend Steve Scott.   Rob took this photo is of us at the Cardiff Fleamarket.  Steve is a talented roots, rockabilly and country singer and musician who lives in one of my favorite cites Cardiff!   He performs around Cardiff sporadically right now but is working on getting just the right group of musicians together for a new band.   He'll (image)

Crafting some Steampunk Bling


I'm not teaching the "Industrial Geek"™ class right now but if you'd like to make one yourself you can book a private online class with me! Email me for details. If you have some resin skills and want to make something similiar, I have all the supplies you need in the Saints and Sinners Etsy Shop!!!  I have Brass Hobnail Bezels in a nice big size, same as I used in the Industrial (image)

Fabulous Friends Friday-Jenny Arnold!!!


photo ©2013 Jenny Arnold Today I want to spotlight my dear friend Jenny Arnold!!!   Jenny is a self described coffee addict, weather nerd, animal lover, voracious reader and wanna be artist.  However I disagree with the "wanna be artist" bit, she  is wonderful painter. Look at this fish painting, its awesome!   photo ©2013 Jenny Arnold She is super creative and is now branching out into(image)

Frozen Charlotte Dolls looking for a home


Remember my post a couple months ago about destashing my Frozen Charlotte collection? Well, I found another lot of them in a box and have a whole village to find homes for!!! I have 146 total, and I'd LOVE to sell them off in one lot wholesale.  Great for a store, vintage shop or vending at a mixed media retreat. If you are truly interested in buying the entire lot-email me.  I have (image)

Fabulous Friends Fridays-Today it's Zach!


Zach at Columbus Spring Flea 2013  photo ©2013 ZachBodish I was thinking the other day about how I have some really, REALLY talented and overall STELLAR friends. I feel very blessed to know so many amazing people, scattered across the world.  I thought it would be fun to post about them so you can meet them too! My first "Fabulous Friends Fridays" post showcases my friend Zach.  I've (image)

You Gotta to Know When To Hold 'Em And Know When To Fold 'Em


I've been talking about moving into a new jewelry direction for months.  Last August I posted, about closing the website and moving things over to Etsy while I worked on the "new" stuff. While I loved what I had been making for years, my heart hasn't been into it the last year.  I needed a creativity break. I sort of knew where I wanted to go, but need time to refuel my inspiration, (image)

Need a Bezel?


If you are looking for some bezels I have LOTS in my Saints and Sinners® Supply shop!   The goldtone ones above are from the Hallmark store circa 70's. Originally made to put in a small school photo, it has a sticky dot and pin hole that lets you can change the photo out! These pretty antiqued brass colored ones are great for epoxy or polymer clay work! A fun collection of square (image)

Spring Cleaning-Got Dolls?


                                                  Frozen Charlottes anyone? Spring has FINALLY sprung in Northern Ohio.  The sun is out and the temps are above 50 degrees. That inevitable urge to do some "spring cleaning" is growing, both with my physical as well as emotional environments   They are intertwined, one effect's the other.  Working on a new brand and new line is going VERY slow..(image)



Love my stump.  I wish it were taller but it was free so I can't complain.(image)

Beating the Monday Blues with Some Vintage Blues


The Monday Blues-even if you don't have a 9-5 type job, we all get them from time to time.  It's so cold, damp and grey here I'm having the Monday blues big time!  One sure fire way to cure the Monday Blues is to just veg out do a little window shopping!  Here is a collection of some of the gorgeous vintage items I saw today, all in blue to keep with the theme. The above bracelet is a (image)

Paris in the Springtime


This photo is pure heaven!!! Spring is still a couple weeks away and I'm not in Paris but that's ok. If I can't be there in person, I can take a imaginary trip by curating a collection of pretty and girlie French things.  If you'd like to join me, I've listed a number of vintage Parisian and French themed items in my Saints and Sinners Supply Shop on Etsy. First up is this pretty 40's era (image)

BRRRR, Baby it's cold outside!


photo via Touch of Retro I'm finding it very hard to keep warm here, let alone try to look vintage while doing it.  When it's a high of 18 degrees F with the Real Feel of 8-wearing a vintage dress is OUT of the question!  Even with tights or leggings I am FREEZING!!!! And lets not talk about lack of cute but warm winter boots LOL I lived in California for almost 20 yrs, all of my wardrobe (image)